Edition 21 October 01-2009
Welcome to Edition 21 of “The Jazz Man Newsletter” the place where you can have your say, share your jazz related experiences and interact with fellow Newsletter Subscribers.
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*WINNER OF THE SPECIAL WHO AM I? COMPETITION - See below!
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“INTERNATIONAL SINATRA SOCIETY Inc.”
The Jazz Man is delighted to be associated with Melbourne’s International Sinatra Society Inc. by enabling Frank Sinatra fans to access the Society’s webpage by clicking on the Society’s logo at the bottom of The Jazz Man homepage.
The Society will be adding more information, including their next FRANKLY SPEAKING Newsletter to their page, so visit them regularly at www.thejazzman.com.au
MOMENTS IN RECORDING HISTORY
1917 The first jazz recording is made with The Original Dixieland Jazz Band.
1927 The first “Jukebox” is introduced by Automatic Muis Instrument.
1928 German Jorge Neumann starts a microphone company the produces the
the quality Neumann microphone.
1931 The first magnetic tape recorders are built by Pfleumer and AEG.
1948. Columbia Records markets the 33 1/3rd rpm long play record with 23
minutes of play on each side.
1948 First stereo tape recorders hits the market manufactured by Magnecord.
1958 The first stereo albums are released.
1958 The Koss company introduces the first stereo headphones.
1962. Henry Koss markets the first portable stereo player.
1963 The compact audio cassette is introduced by the Philips company.
1979 The giant Sony corporation announces the Walkman personal cassette
1982 The first “near indestructible” CDs hit the market..
LETTERS FROM OUR SUBSCRIBERS
Gordon of North Balwyn, Victoria, Australia E-mailed us some
“quotes” by some of the masters of jazz.
"Competition only makes you play better" - Duke Ellington.
"I just play what I feel. Suddenly I hit a groove that moves me, and then I take off. I don't worry about how it'll come out" - Erroll Garner.
"Art Pepper played all the instruments....exactly the same. He put them in his mouth and it was Art Pepper" - Marty Paich.
"I always listen to what I can leave out". - Miles Davis.
"Miles conceived the settings for "Kind of Blue" (his historic album) only hours before the recording dates" - Bill Evans.
"Miles Davis probably left the biggest hole we'll ever know in twentieth-century music" - Quincy Jones.
"Anybody can play a composition and use far-out chords and make it sound wrong. It's making it sound right that's not easy" - Thelonious Monk.
Many thanks Gordon for the above.
Kenn also sent us the following story that is credited to Sir Thomas Beecham (1879 – 1961) the famed (and wealthy) British composer, conductor and impresario who founded The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sir Thomas was a caustic old bugger who did not suffer
fools gladly. My favourite story, supposedly true, is of the new & very
nervous first oboeist in the London Symphony Orchestra. As you probably
know, it is customary for the conductor to ask the oboeist to play 'A'
concert so that the orchestra members can tune up. She played the 'A'
as requested complete with heavy vibrato (a definite no-no!). Sir
Thomas surveyed the orchestra for some time & finally said "ladies &
gentlemen - take your pick!".
Kenn, Melbourne, Australia.
Thanks Kenn – it still gets a laugh even if you’ve heard it before.
The following E-mail was sent to us by Cynthia at CTSIMAGES in San Pedro, California. www.ctsimages.com
Your website is indeed a valuable educational site on jazz history and we appreciate being among the historic jazz images. It’s nice to know there is much interest in the history of jazz and these iconic photos around the world.
The images that Cynthia is referring to can be viewed on “The Picture Gallery”and features the incredible photographs taken by acclaimed jazz photographer Herman Leonard.
Many of the images are from Herman Leonard’s book ”The Eye of Jazz” which is reviewed on the ”Jazz in PrInt” page.
We thank Cynthia at CTSIMAGES and Mr. Leonard for allowing us to reproduce his historic jazz images.
WINNER OF OUR CHET BAKER CD DRAW is Jan from Research, Victoria, Australia.
Congratulations Jan your name was the first to be drawn from our barrel of correct answers that we received. The draw took place early Friday evening September 18th -2009.
The answer to the ”Who am I” question is MILES DAVIS.
Jan you have won the CD ”Chet Baker My Funny Valentine” featuring the smooth, seductive trumpet and vocal style of Chet Baker.
The CD is courtesy of DIXONS RECYLCLED RECORDS.
Click on the logo at the bottom of our home page for their 5 store locations across Melbourne, Australia. Dixon’s - the first place to shop for that CD/LP you let slip though your fingers years ago.
REMEMBER – YOUR E- MAIL COULD WIN YOU A QUALITY JAZZ CD. Drop us an E-mail on anything you think other Newsletter subscribers may find of interest. It could be about a new CD that you’ve bought, a jazz concert, your favourite jazz artist etc. etc.
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And finally, did you know…
The famous Blue Note jazz record label was founded by a Nazi era Jewish refugee who heard jazz live for the first time at an ice skating rink – his name, synonymous with some of the very best jazz ever recorded is Alfred Lion.
Hitler banned the performance and listening of jazz recordings during the dark days of World War 2. An official notice issued by the Nazi regime banning jazz can be viewed on the ”Behind the music… page.
We hope you visit our website regularly. Until next time continue to enjoy good jazz.
The Jazz Man